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ddwebmaster - Saturday Jul 16, 2005

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I've started messing around with an updated look for the website. Nothing's functional, but if you're really bored, you can take a look at www.dietdiaries.com/2005/index.cfm.

I'm trying to keep the format fairly plain and easy to navigate. I'm not a big fan of homepages with so much content that you don't know where to click.

jolt on 07/18/2005:
I like the layout of the new one! :) Certianly is brighter which I like. Keep up the great work.

THanks

jolt AKA Pat


sweetpea1977 on 07/18/2005:
OOOH! I love the new set up, especially the submenus on "Your Diary", "Public Diary" and "Forum"! Keep up the great work!

Sweetpea1977


joe_anne2 on 07/18/2005:
The updated look, is great. Just wanted to ask a question tho, what is this messege that I get above my diary entries <font color=red>"Please see "ddwebmaster" under the public diaries for a discussion of future updates / changes to the Diet Diaries.com website. Feel free to add your comments."</font> And how do I get rid of it? or is it only visible to me?



ddwebmaster - Monday May 09, 2005

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Sorry there haven't been any updates to the site as of yet.

I have ideas and intentions, just no extra time right now. New baby due sometime over the next 3 weeks, bought new house, still working on remodeling old house to get it on the market to sell, along with the regular things like work, family time, church, etc.

Unfortunately I don't see myself being able to get around to much in the way of updates / changes for another few months.

I just wanted to try to keep everyone "in the loop" and hope everyone can cope with the current site structure in the meantime.

Jennifer68 on 05/09/2005:
Hey, you kind of have other things on your mind! Lol. Good luck and happy wishes! We'll be okay, not to worry. Jen


jolt on 05/09/2005:
Don't worry about us :) you have other things to think about it! Thanks for keeping us posted!

pat


TheMother on 05/12/2005:
WOW! I thought I had a lot going on right now. I know how you feel - just not enough hours in the day, are there?

TM


Bandmom on 05/16/2005:
We be here waitting like good childern! Take all the time you need!


biscottibody59 on 05/17/2005:
I got your email reply--apparently it was short-lived--I was able to get back on soon after sending you the email.

On another subject, the back button hasn't been working for me--it gives a "page cannot be displayed" when I've clicked on a "read comments" in a public diary WHEN I hit MY "back" button as opposed to the "return to diary" button in the window. It's a little thing, but it just started doing this a short time ago.

Thanks for all your effort--I KNOW I appreciate it--congrats on the new baby (when it arrives:-)

Cheers!


sarahpecan on 06/27/2005:
i have been tryin to make an ew screen name and you STILL HAVENT EMAILED ME.. this is frustereating.. how do you get new members if it takes you this long to email me a password. my new name is babypeez.. can you please email me? i dont want to use this name anymore



ddwebmaster - Saturday Apr 02, 2005

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any likes / dislikes on color schemes?

I'm kind of leaning towards a softer color for the main parts of the pages (to replace the red), maybe a pumpkin would be nice.

geevee on 04/03/2005:
No. It doesn't matter to me at all. Totally meaningless.


jolt on 04/03/2005:
I don't mind the colours. It is easy to read which makes it nice. But something new would be nice too.


IWLW on 04/03/2005:
The color doesnt matter to me either. I would like to make a suggestion. Maybe others wouldn't like it but I thought it would at least save you space on the website.

It is: to delete old, i mean a couple of years old, diaries that are no longer in use.

Like I said before, its just a suggestion.


squiggly on 04/04/2005:
I think a new color would be nice but I have no preferences as to which one.


Bandmom on 04/04/2005:
Dear webmaster! I'm writting a book about what being over weight has done to me!I would like to use diet diaries in my book as my online journal and my support group in my book.But to do so I need you permission. This site is my second home and has helped me more than you know!Thanks you does say enough!please don't to away with the old menmbers they have helped us get to were we today! I go back and read those diaries. My email is.

rosalind_king76@yahoo.com

Bandmom


biscottibody59 on 04/06/2005:
I totally disagree with IWLW on deleting diaries of others. I like to go back and read some of them sometimes and I recommend some to people. Actually I vehemently disagree with deleting other people's diaries. Let them do it themselves. It's nice to have the history here!

As for color, I'd suggest letting us pick our own--other than that I suggest a light blue shade!


DelaD on 04/08/2005:
These colors are fine - but I must say a pretty ocean blue theme would be nice ;)


QT on 04/08/2005:
I'm fine with the color, but a change would be nice too. Thanks for keeping this site going, and for helping me with my password.


sarahpecan on 04/21/2005:
hi, um the colors are the same on my computer.. red and white. is it just my co m puter?


dvdmon on 04/25/2005:
Hey there,

Not commenting on the color scheme per se, but just in general. I'm a web developer as well and started out on this board back when it first came out 5 years ago or thereabouts. I was an active member for a couple of years and then stopped partly due to interface issues and the fact that the webmaster had become completely unresponsive and never added anything to improve the site. It seems like you are genuinely interested in making for a better experience for your users and so I applaud you for it, but I also know how difficult it can be for someone to do this stuff in their spare time.

I think adding a bulletin board is a great idea, one that I was suggesting way back myself. It is so much easier to navigate and keep track of things and can be organized much better than what is essentially just a user-category ordering. The navigation of diaries is really hard to manage given that you have hundreds (thousands?) of users who have posted diaries over the last 5 years. Ideally you should probably have different sorting views, one would be alphabetical, one chronological, and perhaps more, but at least those two. For the Alphabetical view, each person is listed along with a link to a page that queries their last X entries. To see additional ones you could then creata a paging mechanism, or simply have a "view all." But that view all should not have the entire text of each entry as the current one does, but just lined dates that drill down to the full entry. That way you are not consuming huge amounts of bandwidth, or making the user wait for long periods, etc. Some systems can even have memory issues if there are huge numbers of entries.

I'm sure there are many other things that would make this a much more useful and well-designed site, but since I rarely come here these days, I don't have nearly the number of specific suggestions I'm sure others do who come here on a daily basis. In any case, good luck, and I'll try to come back and revisit from time to time and maybe even start using the site again once in a while if the interface gets improved. Thanks,

Levi



ddwebmaster - Friday Apr 01, 2005

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what size display is everyone running? (not inches, but pixels)

for example

640 x 480

800 x 600

1024 x 768 etc.

ddwebmaster on 04/01/2005:
1024 x 768 and above for most of the computers that I have up and running


sweetpea1977 on 04/01/2005:
Primary computer is 800 x 600

Secondary computer is 1152 x 864


feeleebubs on 04/01/2005:
1280 X 1024


TheMother on 04/01/2005:
Where do I find that info?


jolt on 04/01/2005:
1024 x 768


cynthia on 04/01/2005:
I am not sure ... hold on ... let me check something ... oh well ... I don't know. Cynthia


prism on 04/03/2005:
800x600


DelaD on 04/08/2005:
1024 x 768 here.



ddwebmaster - Thursday Mar 31, 2005

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Diet Diaries.com future updates / changes discussion

About a month ago, dietdiaries.com changed ownership hands. I assumed basic webmaster duties for the site in order to keep it from being shut down. It's my intention to begin updating the site over the next few weeks and would appreciate any comments / suggestions you have to offer.

Please be patient in waiting to see any new additions and updates, as I already have a fulltime job along with a fulltime family. I'll most likely just start setting the site up in a seperate directory and just leave the current site's setup alone, so as not to cause any downtime / non-working links for the site. Because of this, it may be a few weeks or even a month+ before any changes are noticed.

You can click on the "read comments" option on the right to see the discussion thread. Click on "make a comment" to add a comment.

Please also list any items in the current website that you would like to see remain or items you wouldn't mind seeing gone.

ddwebmaster

ddwebmaster on 03/28/2005:
Diet Diaries.com future updates / changes discussion

About a month ago, dietdiaries.com changed ownership hands. I assumed basic webmaster duties for the site in order to keep it from being shut down. It's my intention to begin updating the site over the next few weeks and would appreciate any comments / suggestions you have to offer.

Please be patient in waiting to see any new additions and updates, as I already have a fulltime job along with a fulltime family. I'll most likely just start setting the site up in a seperate directory and just leave the current site's setup alone, so as not to cause any downtime / non-working links for the site. Because of this, it may be a few weeks or even a month+ before any changes are noticed.

You can click on the "read comments" option on the right to see the discussion thread. Click on "make a comment" to add a comment.

Please also list any items in the current website that you would like to see remain or items you wouldn't mind seeing gone.


ddwebmaster on 03/28/2005:
A general update to the site's looks and navigating structure is the main plan of attack. <br><br>A few other random items I'd like to change / add:<br><br>1. a way for individual users to have a "favorites" user list to be able to read the entries from their favorite people<br><br>2. a better implemented general discussion area / bulletin board system<br><br>3. when reading the public diaries, I'd like to setup an option to view new entries since your last visit - at times I visit the site quite a few times in a day and this feature would save me some time <br><br>4. maybe an option for weight measurements of either pounds (lb) or kilograms


cynthia on 03/28/2005:
Let me just say that you are more than appreciated. I would love to do what you're doing but it's best to recognize your limitations! I ain't the most computer literate in the world! Thanks again for all your sacrifices of time, energy, and family. Cynthia


biscottibody59 on 03/28/2005:
May I say you're doing an excellent job--I think alot of us are just glad it's still here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will think about what I'd like to see. The one thing that used to be originally was when you looked at YOUR diary in Public view--the "Read Comments" words would not be highlighted until you actually HAD comments--that's it for now. It IS this way when you look at your diary under "Your Diary."

Thanks for any effort, it is soooo appreciated!


feeleebubs on 03/28/2005:
I have a few ideas/suggestions for the site.

When I used the ad picture entry option, it stretched my picture out to fit the width of table for the entry. Maybe there's a way to keep it from doing that.

I also think that like you said, the site needs a better way of having discussion. I use forums powered by phpbb for my site. I've found it to be really great. phpbb.com is the website.

I was thinking another thing that would be cool is if we had some kind of member search tool. The way that the entries are all lined up in that scroll bar makes it kind of difficult to find members who haven't posted new entries in a while. I think it would be nice to have some sort of member directory.

Well, those are just a few suggestions off the top of my head. Let me know if you want to take a look at my forums to see how they work. Sounds like you're a busy lady! Thanks so much for keeping this site going!


sweetpea1977 on 03/28/2005:
First off, thank you very much for taking over this wonderful website! It has done wonders for me mentally and physically!

I really like your idea of having a "favorites" list consisting of our favorite DD members diaries. I too frequent this site during the week to keep track of my favorite members' progress. I hope you can get that worked out, because I'm sure many of us would really appreciate it.

A long while ago, I used to get emails from the website when someone commented to my diary. I no longer get them, even though I am signed up to recieve notifications. Is there a way for you to re-establish that?

Also, may I suggest that you put an archive on here for members to submit their favorite healthy recipes? I'm sure many of us out here are wondering what kind of healthy meals to cook at home. I believe having personal recipe suggestion/recommendations would be additional encouragement to help dieters to eat healthier more frequently.

Some links that need to be improved include:

1. "feature diaries" - The ones featured haven't made comments in ages. I can think of a few members who deserved to be featured due to their unwavering commitment to lose weight!!

2. "books & more" -Only 2 books are listed...maybe have DD members personally recommend books, classes, dvds/videos etc that have helped them get started on the healthy lifestyle journey.

3. "winner's circle" - I've never understood this section. It would be really nice to see some actual success stories from DD members with the option of adding "before & after" pictures next to their story. I mean, these "losers" need to be showcased!!

4. Front page - since you are now the webmaster, it should be updated with your information, because afterall, you deserve reconignition for keeping this site up and running. :o)

Thats all of the suggestions I have for right now. If I think of any more, I will definitely pass them on to you!

Thanks and keep up the good work!!


squiggly on 03/29/2005:
Thank you for keeping this site going. I like all of your ideas. I really like the idea of it highlighting the ones that you've already read. I sometimes get confused on the ones that I've read and the ones I haven't.


Bandmom on 03/29/2005:
I want to thank you very much for keeping this site open.This site has been a life saver for me. I would like to see away to keepour lod family menber here.they have helped so many of us.They may be at weight but they don't have to leave.they are family. Can we send email for them to come and visit us? A big thank you!!



ddwebmaster - Saturday Jan 01, 2005
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